Moving a large screen TV
How to pack and ship a TV
A flat-screen TV is often one of the most fragile and costly items in any home. When it comes to transporting one for a long-distance move, there are ways to pack it to help ensure the best protection. Start by gathering the necessary supplies, and then follow the steps below to pack your TV safely for transit.
The best way to pack a television is to use the original TV shipping box and packaging materials (since they were specifically manufactured for it), as long as they’re in good condition. If they aren’t, or they’ve been trashed, you’ll want to purchase a TV shipping box. Other supplies include:
- Foam wrap
- Bubble WrapTM
- Packing paper
- Packing tape
- Painter’s tape
- Cable ties
- Permanent marker
- Moving box (for television accessories)
Steps for packing a TV
Because the entire front surface of a flat screen is glass and its body is thin, TVs are very fragile. You may consider asking a professional to pack it for you. But, if you choose to move it yourself, ask someone for help and follow these steps (all apply to SmartTVs, LEDs, OLEDs, 4Ks, HDRs, Plasmas and LCDs):
- Take a picture of the cords, then disconnect them. Take a picture of where all the wires connect (or color code them) for easier reassembly. Then, unplug, bundle and fasten them with a cable tie, and pack them in a separate box. If any of the cords can’t be removed, use painter’s tape to attach them to the back surface (never tape directly to the screen as it could cause damage).
- Clean the screen. Use a fiber cloth to clean the TV. Removing dust or dirt particles can help prevent scratches or damage to the screen during transit.
- Remove from the base or mount. Refer to the user manual if you’re unsure of how to remove the TV from a wall mount or its base. Cover the base and mount in Bubble Wrap, and pack them separately.
- Cover the screen. Place a layer of foam wrap across the screen, and then wrap the entire thing in Bubble Wrap. Secure loose ends with packing tape, being careful to apply tape only to the packing materials and not to the television.
- Prepare the box. Line the bottom of the box with crumpled packing paper, and then slide the TV into it. Fill remaining gaps with more packing paper.
- Tape and label the box. Make sure all ends are securely taped, and write “fragile TV” and “this end up” on the outside of the box.
- Pack the accessories. Be sure to box up any additional accessories like the remote control, cable box, sound bar, speakers, etc. These should also be wrapped in packing paper.
Once the TV is ready for loading, be sure to keep these tips in mind:
- Always load upright. Regardless of the TV type, it shouldn’t lay flat during transit. Flat screens are made of lightweight glass, and when laid horizontal, the weight is unevenly distributed. This can lead to shattered glass or cracked edges.
- Don’t load anything on top. Loading other boxes or household goods on top may damage the screen.
- Load between two sturdy items. It’s a good idea to place the TV box between two sturdy pieces (e.g., a sofa and the backside of a dresser) to prevent shifting.
How to ship a TV
U-Pack® provides an affordable way to ship a TV and other household goods. Just load your belongings in a moving trailer or container, and only pay for the space you use! Get a free online quote, or call 800-413-4799 to check pricing.
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